America's fastest growing cities 2015
The construction industry has taken a bit of a battering over the last few years, with global financial troubles leading to job losses, slowing rates of construction and abandoned projects.
However, the construction industry has been looking up for a couple of years now, with strong signs of growth around the nation.
Research from GDM suggests that the construction market in 2015 will grow by 9.8% from 2014, which is good news for everyone from construction workers to home buyers.
So which areas are expecting new or continued construction growth, and how does that benefit the construction industry and house hunters nationwide?
Construction is Booming in These Cities
Many cities around the country have enjoyed a construction boom as of late, with growth expected to continue through 2015.
Atlanta, Georgia, has seen a boom of late, with no signs of slowing down in the coming year.
Construction has helped to regenerate the downtown area, giving it a new lease of life. With continued development expected in 2015 and plenty of exciting new restaurants, construction growth is going strong in Atlanta.
Phoenix, Arizona, made Forbes' list of America's fastest growing cities for 2014, with growth expected to continue through 2015.
Construction industry jobs in Phoenix have been growing year on year, as the population continues to boom. Considering that construction in Phoenix was hit hard by the downturn, it is good news for this city.
Houston, Texas has seen an increase in construction in the last couple of years, with more new home starts in 2013 than the entire state of California.
That impressive rate shows no signs of slowing down in 2015 and beyond, with a projected increase in construction of 13% for 2015 and 2016. The housing boom in Houston is accompanied by an influx of new professionals as the local economy experiences a boom.
Construction Boom is Good News for House Hunters
A construction boom is often good news for house hunters. Greater choice makes it much easier to find a home in a desired location that fits in with the budget.
As the article "A Monthly Budget for a New American Dream" points out, affordability is still relatively high in the housing market nationwide.
It's not uncommon for rent prices to stay stable or even relatively low during an expansion phase, and rapidly-growing cities often offer affordable housing options for both renters and buyers.
Whatever their budget or taste, increased construction means increasing choices for home hunters.
Things are Looking up for the Construction Industry
The current boom in construction is great news for the construction industry.
Construction workers in growth areas, or those willing to relocate, can benefit from increasing numbers of available jobs. This has a knock on effect, as increasing construction means a growing need not just for industry workers, but for materials, which is good news for suppliers and haulage companies everywhere.
A boom in construction means more work and more reliable income for those in the industry, and better security for their families, benefiting people across the board.
As construction booms and the industry strengthens, so too do the cities where construction is growing benefit from new amenities, more jobs and an influx of new professionals and talents.
Construction is looking good for 2015, building jobs and economies alongside homes and businesses.
Tristan Anwyn writes on a wide variety of topics, including social media, the construction industry and the economy.
France to invest €1.8bn in Egypt’s infrastructure
France will invest a total of €1.8bn into Egypt’s infrastructure focusing specifically on upgrading the Cairo Metro, building a railway to Sudan, and developing water and energy schemes. Officials have called the investment a “major boost to bilateral cooperation”.
The Cairo Metro
Included in the financing is a concessional government loan of around €800mn to upgrade Line 1 of the Cairo Metro, introduced in the 1980s. The financing will pay for 55 trainsets for the line and is provided by the French engineering company, Alstom.
Line 6 is also due to be upgraded using further state-guaranteed loans worth up to €2bn. Bruno Le Maire said that this would be negotiated over the next six months. France and Egypt have worked in close cooperation ever since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became president in 2014, despite differences over human rights and strong criticism of Egypt by rights activists and some foreign states.
Nine more projects over the next half a decade
A further €1bn from France’s development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), aims to cover a range of other projects over the next half a decade.
These projects include a railway line between Aswan, southern Egypt, and Wadi Halfa in Sudan, as well as several projects in the renewable energy and water purification industries. Bruno Le Maire, France’s Finance Minister, said Egypt was a “strategic partner and commercial dealings with it would be developed. France will substantially increase its direct exposure to Egypt, becoming the first counter-party for government to government loans,” he said.
According to Le Maire, the AFD will also €150mn to support the construction of a universal health insurance programme. French contractors such as Vinci and Bouygues have a long history of working on the Egyptian capital’s underground system.
Talking about the relationship between France And Egypt, Le Maire concluded: “France will substantially increase its direct exposure to Egypt, becoming the first counter-party for government to government loans”.